A new Pew Research poll shows American women’s attitudes regarding the prospects for the nation’s future have taken a dramatic downturn in the wake of the presidential election. According to the April survey’s results, men are much more likely now than women so say they have “quite a lot” of confidence in America’s future. Fifty-three percent of men said it, but only 29 percent of women say they feel such confidence. By contrast, in October 2015, about 43 percent of women and 47 percent of men said they had quite a lot of confidence in the future of the United States. Women also expressed less satisfaction about the state of the nation: Only 23 percent of women told pollsters they are satisfied with how things are going in the United States, compared to 36 percent of men. During Barack Obama’s presidency, national satisfaction had a much more modest gender difference, according to Pew’s measures.
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